Veterans & Military Personnel

We understand that achieving a college degree is a fulfilling accomplishment. That is why the WVU RBA Program is making an active and sustained effort to attract veterans and military personnel – active, reservists and those separated from service. This is done in part by collaborating with the WVU Veterans Advocate Office to provide appropriate support services; offering a flexible and affordable degree, and working tirelessly to help ensure retention and graduation by being responsive to their particular goals and needs.  

Deciding where to attend college can be one of the most challenging decisions our veterans and military personnel endure, but it could also be the most rewarding. This is aided by the fact that our veterans and military personnel commonly show exemplary work ethic, commitment to succeed combined with integrity, initiative and purpose.

Whether you are currently a part of the WVU’s veteran’s community or the veterans/military community at large and you are willing to pursue an academic career to help enhance your career prospects, the RBA program is interested in working with you to design a plan that fits your goals and needs. We provide an opportunity for professional development while ensuring success by providing avenues for our veterans/military students to maximize their military training within and alongside their RBA curriculum.

Flexible Degree Program

Your success will hinge on working with your assigned advisor to develop a pragmatic Academic Success Plan that is tailored to help you reach your military, professional and educational goals and objectives.

On-line and on-campus courses

Whether you are on active duty, separated or a reservist, on-line courses could be an excellent option for completing your studies without having to place your life or professional careers on hold. Furthermore, WVU offers a range of on-line classes that allows you to complete your RBA entirely on-line. Please be advised that enrolling in courses entirely online may affect the amount of Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits you receive. 

You may also elect to take courses on-campus with colleagues and/or the general student population.


Veteran friendly courses

Each semester, the university tries to develop ‘veteran friendly courses’, which helps them to transition to college life.  These courses may consist of a hybrid of veteran and non-veteran students, or veterans only. The professors of these courses undergo rigorous training to more effectively teach veteran students.


Areas of Emphases and minors

The RBA program offers numerous Areas of Emphases (AOEs, similar to a concentration in a subject area) and minors in various subjects that could help to make your degree more marketable, or you may elect to complete an elective-heavy, liberal arts degree wherein you do not declare any AOEs or minor.  Rather, you take eligible courses from across disciples that you are most interested in.

 

Affordable Degree

The RBA program offers veterans and military personnel the opportunity to mitigate tuition costs and possibly preserve G.I funding for their spouses and/or dependents by allowing them to:

a)     Benefit from WVU’s Yellow Ribbon status

b)    Earn credits for DD214

c)     Apply credits earned from military training and education (JST)

d)    Petition for credits through portfolio development and standardized awards

e)     Apply CLEP and DSST credits

f)     Transfer in credits taken prior to service at other accredited institutions


The RBA program supports veterans and military personnel by maximizing their military experiences and education by allowing them to apply a maximum of 96 of the 120 credits needed to graduate using the aforementioned avenues (b through f). Receiving credits for one’s military training and education remains one of the most pertinent factors when deciding which college to attend. Thus, maximizing military credits could reduce your cost of attending college and the time it takes to complete your degree.

 

Yellow Ribbon:

The Post-9/11 G.I Bill allows veterans to pay in-state tuition and fees at any participating public institutions of Higher Education – WVU is a participant.

Active and reservists may also be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA).

 

DD214

Veterans may submit their DD214 forms in order to earn up to 8 Military Science credits - MILS 101, 102, 201 and 202.

 

Joint Services Transcripts (JST) and the American Council on Education (ACE)

Veterans and military personnel that were previously enrolled in school or have taken classes while in the military may transfer in their credits. The RBA program recognizes the JST and adheres to the ACE standards, which grants credits for military training and education. Thus, you can transfer in credits obtained by way of military training, which could be used toward RBA degree completion.

If you are or were in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard (active, reserve or separated), and have taken job-related training and education courses, you may be eligible for college equivalent credits.  

 

Portfolios and standardized awards

Many of our veterans and military personnel possess strong leadership and practical training, which could be translated to College Equivalent Credits (CECs). The cost of portfolio development and submission is cheaper relative to taking college courses. There is a $300 submission fee as well as a $10 per credit that has been awarded.

If you have earned any professional certificates and/or licensees that equates to college credits, they may be used toward RBA degree completion. 

 

CLEP and DSST (formerly DANTES)

Veterans and military personnel may take or use CLEP to help fulfil their RBA degree requirement. Exams completed prior to college enrollment may be taken at no charge or reimbursed through the Department of Veteran Affairs for both active and reservists.

You may also consider DDST exams. Unlike CLEP, which are primarily general electives, DSST courses tend to be upper levels (300-400).

 

F-forgiveness:

Failing grades (F) from 4 years or more prior to joining the RBA program will be forgiven from GPA calculations.

 

Pursuing a graduate education

The RBA program continues to strive to help all of our students succeed and reach their academic and career goals and objectives. For this reason, we have developed several “Pathways to Master’s” for students who may be interested in pursuing a graduate education upon graduating with their RBA degrees.